Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
27 Hours by Tristina Wright was released last week on October 3rd and I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour! Check out all the book information, an awesome guest post from the author where she answered my difficult questions, as well as my spoiler-free review! PLUS, there is an amazing tour-wide giveaway.
27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright
Category: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, GLBT
Publication: October 3rd, 2017; Entangled Teen
Purchase: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, Amazon CA
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
I was thrilled to be able to ask Tristina some questions about her book and process!
1. What is the inspiration behind 27 Hours?
Gargoyles, mostly. I’ve been slightly more than obsessed with them for as long as I can remember. I love the mythology of them. I adored the television show. The entire book was borne out of a mental image of a young man watching a statue come to life. I love the idea of things not being what they seem. A statue being a living creature. A monster not really a monster. Things being more than what they appear on the surface or something else entirely.
2. Did you have any hurdles to get a completely LGBTQIA+ book published?
Unfortunately, yes. Publishing has come a long way when it comes to inclusive books, but it still has a ways to go in some aspects. One of those aspects is the amount of inclusivity in a book. The phrase “too diverse” needs to be buried. For some folks, my book seems like a checklist with too many checks. But what they need to realize is that these characters represent real people and there’s no such thing as too diverse or too much. The day publishing realizes that will be an amazing day, and I hope it comes soon.
3. As a queer adult who loves YA, I sure wish books like this existed when I was a teen, since not many were accessible to me 20 years ago, I always think about what I would tell myself to read as a teen, what would you say?
Oh gosh, so many books… SALVAGE and SOUND by Alexandra Duncan, RUNEBINDER by AR Kahler, ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron, TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie, ASH by Malinda Lo, RUNTIME by SB Divya, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by VE Schwab… I need to stop or I’ll be here all night!
Seriously, though, hit me up anytime on Tumblr and I can give recommendations: http://authorwrightnow.tumblr.com/ask
27 Hours was one of my most anticipated reads this year! A space sci-fi novel full of LGBTQIA+ characters, yes, please! I will admit that the book was really entertaining but nothing is perfect and I had a few issues. I hope you will give this book a read, because even with some faults, it’s worth the read!
The book opens up with a bang, and the pace never slows down. There is so much action, but what else can you expect when war has come. At one point in the book the characters literally give each other permission to take 5 minutes to try and relax. That’s how intense the action is; so if you like non-stop adventure, this has it!
The world is wild. We are on a moon planet called Sahara, which humans colonized a few hundred years prior to current day events. The humans were wrong when they thought the planet was uninhabited, yet able to host life. There is another race of beings, gargoyles or chimera, and the humans have been warring with them since they arrived. Clearly this is crux of a lot of the debate around this book. Colonization wasn’t the intent, but once the humans who arrived knew other species inhabited the planet, it seems the humans didn’t try to play nice.
Each side has their own story to tell, each side has good and bad characters. Some characters may be open to learning what is truly going on, and others may just want revenge. Speaking of characters, I absolutely loved the complexity of each of the main group of characters.
As a queer reader having a book full of queer characters was unprecedented. Some of the love may have been semi-instant, but I was cheering it on the whole time. The representation and the characters were my favorite part of the book. Rumor is full of conflict and rage as he flees the massacre of his hub. Nyx, Dahlia, and Braeden are best friends. Nyx is in love with Dahlia and is struggling with her feelings for her as well as her ability to hear the moon, when she can’t hear anyone else. Dahlia used to date Rumor before she left his hub. Braeden was my absolute favorite. He was full of snark, quips, and the heart to do what is right.
We are then introduced to a group of humans who have been living in harmony and peace with the chimera ion the forest. Jude, Trick, and Yi-Min arrive and meet up with Rumor, Nyx, Dahlia, and Braeden. They are here to try and help stop the oncoming war. Jude instantly feels a romantic bond with Rumor and not only does he pursue this aspect he also spends a lot of time educating Rumor about the world they share with the chimera and tries to help diminish his rage. I was so here for the Jude and Rumor love. Like I was awaiting those tender moments like it was my lifeblood. This peaceful forest group also introduces us to a few of the chimera, and I am particularly fond of George.
Let’s talk about some of the other issues I had while reading. My main issue is the length of the book, it just felt too long. Even though it was full of action, suspense, and romance, there was just so much going on. At other times, I felt that the plot was too convenient, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but like I mentioned this is war and I fully expected all the death. Clearly there are some colonization issues, and overall I just felt like I was missing something. With that cliffhanger ending, I will be tuning for the next installment. I truly feel that book 2 can only get better!
I enjoyed 27 Hours. The queer love alone is worth reading. Having a book full of diverse representation was really strange to read at first, because how often do I get to read a book like that…yeah, never before. The diversity was refreshing and it holds this story up. I can only speak for my experience reading, and this was my experience, I struggled with rating the book either 3 or 4 stars, so I split the difference with 3.5 and will round up to 4 on sites that don’t allow halves. 27 Hours is THE sci-fi book with queers in space that was exciting to read! I am so proud that this book is out there and I hope others read it too!
Author Bio: Tristina Wright
Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
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A 27 Hours Prize Pack, including:
– A 27 Hours Candle
– A set of 27 Hours Character Cards
– AND a copy of an October release*
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